Barrichello on pole during wet qualifying in Interlagos

Rubens Barrichello will start the race from pole position for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Barrichello needs to score 5 points more than Jenson Button to take the championship fight to Abu Dhabi GP after Brit only qualified 14th. Vettel could also only qualify 16th after a bad day in office.

In tough conditions, it took over two and a half hours to get to the end of qualifying. Fisichella spun his car early in the Q1 which brought out a red flag. During Q2 Tonio Liuzzi hit the pit wall hard and brought out a red flag again.

Both McLarens and Sebastian Vettel missed out on Q2 during tough first qualifying session.

Tonio Liuzzi’s crash in Q2


Force India snatches pole out of blue at Spa

An amazing qualifying session and what a grid for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.

As ITV says, “Giancarlo Fisichella pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Formula 1 history by putting minnows Force India on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.” And BBC says, “Why not abandon qualifying for next year and simply pull the grid line-up out of a hat. I reckon there’d be no difference to today! Unbelievable!”.

The second in the grid will be Jarno Trulli of Toyota and third Nick Heidfeld of BMW. Quite a grid! Barrichello, Kubica and Raikkoned will follow the first three on the grid.

And Button, Hamilton and Alonso didn’t even qualify for Q3. Badoer had second horrible weekend in a row and will struggle to keep his place in Ferrari at Monza.

Hamilton on pole at European GP

WDC Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole of the year at European GP in Valencia. He’ll be joined on the first grid by his teammate Heikki Kovaleinen. Barrichello will start at 3rd place.

Title contenders Vettel and Button are 4th and 5th while Webber will start at 9th place.

Home hero Alonso will start at 8th tomorrow.

Luca Badoer will have a long day tomorrow after only managing the last position.

Alonso on pole in Hungary after total chaos

Fernando Alonso does it again. at Hungary. He will be starting tomorrow’s Hungarian GP at pole position, his 18th career pole.

There was chaos after the timing systems failed in the closing laps, which meant that no-one knew who was on pole and everyone just speculating on what might be the final standings for the race.

Sebastian Vettel is second ahead of his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.  Vettel finally in Q3 overcame Webber’s time after trailing behind him throughout this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton will start the race fourth.

Felipe Massa had an accident, as covered in the previous blog, and will not be racing this weekend. The object came from Barrichello’s rear suspension and hit him on the crash helmet, ripping one corner of his visor off and cutting Massa’a eye. He is incredibly lucky to escape a major injury here. (We here wish him speedy recovery)

Brawn GP were a surprise today as everybody expected them to make up the lost ground to Red Bull this weekend. Rubens Barrichello didn’t qualify for Q3 while Jenson Button only qualified eighth.  The question is whether do they have enough funds for further development?

Massa crashes in Hungary GP

Felipe Massa crashed straight into a tyre wall after being struck by a piece of debris. The debris supposed to come from Barrichello’s car and it hit Massa’s crash helmet and knocked him unconsious. It was Q2 for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

debry - Massa

Massa was first taken to medical center at the circuit where he talked to Barrichello. Massa has been taken to hospital in a helicopter. The injuries are said to be not serious, a good news.

Q3 start was delayed by 20 minutes when race marshalls were searching for further debry on the track.

The accident comes just six days after Henry Surtees perished after his helmet was struck by a stray tyre.

Webber claims first career pole at German GP

Mark Webber sustained a broken leg in cycling accident before the start of the season. He recuperated. Now Mark Webber claims in Nurburgring today his first career pole. Australian who has never won a grand prix in his career will have a golden chance tomorrow to claim a victory.  Webber drove a sensational last lap to win this pole just after his teammate put on a contention at this position. Moments later two Brawn GP cars split these two drivers and now Vettel will start tomorrow at fourth place.

Intermittent rain throughout the second and third sessions made tyre choice and timing of runs absolutely critical.

Force India had their best day ever when Sutil qualified for Q3.  He will start tomorrow at seventh place in the grid. 🙂

With unexpectedly cold conditions here in Germany, the choice of tyres is going to be very tough tomorrow for the race. Most teams are really struggling to get the hard tyre to work, especially the Brawns and quite a few drivers would probably prefer some rain so that they are not obliged to use both types of slick tyre. – James Allen

Vettel cruises to Silverstone pole

Young Vettel clinched his third pole of the 2009 season at British GP today ahead of Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello and vettelRed Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber who are second and third respectively.

Red Bull Racing are the team to beat in British GP.  Surprisingly, Jenson Button could only manage sixth.

Ferrari drivers could only manage 9 (Kimi Raikkonen) and 11 (Felipe Massa) position on the grid for tomorrow’s race and are separated by Renault of  Fernando Alonso.

Adrian Sutil crashed his Force India car in Q1 but was unhurt.

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